The Gateway National Recreation Area, in New York and New Jersey, encompasses a total area of 26,607 acres of land. The park is divided into three geographic units that span across the northern area of New Jersey (Sandy Hook Unit) and three New York City boroughs including Jamaica Bay Unit, Breezy Point Unit, and Staten Island Unit. The park can easily be accessed through public transportation or by private vehicle.
Several distinct features in the Gateway National Recreation Area make this park special. Some of the more prominently attractive features include Islands, marshes, beaches, and waters adjacent to the New York harbor area. The park is also a habitat to several animal and plant species as well as historic structures including the Sandy Hook Lighthouse which was erected in 1764 making it the oldest operational light in the United States.
Besides these special features, you can also participate in recreational activities including hiking, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, boating, auto touring, swimming, fishing, and ranger-led programs. You can bring your dog into Gateway National Recreation Area, but you will need to adhere to the park rules if you want to avoid any inconvenience to yourself and others.
For starters, you will need to be aware of areas of the park that you can access with your dog and areas of the park that you cannot access. Areas that you can access include most park locations as long as your dog is on a leash no longer than six feet. If your dog is not leashed, then your dog must be in a secure enclosure when in the park.
Areas of the park that you cannot access with your dog include all campgrounds including Sandy Hook Camp Hudson at Fort Wadsworth and Floyd Bennett Field. You must also stay away from the swimming beaches at Staten Island Unit's between Memorial Day through Labor Day and avoid any part of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge throughout the year.